Telenor slows pay TV decline

Telenor slowed the decline in its satellite TV base in the final quarter of 2012 to 3,000, ending the year with 945,000 customers, down from 965,000 at the end of 2011. Total fourth-quarter revenues from Telenor Broadcast declined from NOK1.754 billion (€238 million) to NOK1.679 billion, which it attributed to lower sales from    Canal Digital […]

New CEO for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting

Telenor has named Morten Tengs as the new CEO of Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc). Tengs was previously senior vice-president at Telenor Group’s Asian unit, based in Bangkok. He succeeds Cato Halsaa, who is to retire this summer. “I am impressed that TSBc has taken such an important position in the market, whilst at the same […]

Conax teams up with Quadrille for push-VOD

Telenor-owned content security specialist Conax has teamed up with video-on-demand infrastructure specialist Quadrille to combine the Conax Contego content security product with Quadrille’s QuadriFast push VOD system to deliver push-VOD services. QuadriFast is an off-the-shelf solution allowing VOD content to be pushed over any broadcast network without the need for a dedicated channel. It uses […]

Modern Times Group strikes new carriage deal for FTA channels

Modern Times Group (MTG) has inked new carriage deals for its free-to-air channels TV3 and TV3 Puls. The channels will be carried on the Canal Digital platform in Denmark, marking the first time that they have been on the Telenor-owned platform. Separately, MTG said it will add SBS’s free-to-air Danish channels, Kanal and Kanal 5 […]

Telenor Satellite chooses Thomson for streaming technology

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting has chosen compression technology provider Thomson Video Networks’ ViBE VS7000 multi-screen video platform to deliver streaming services for its key broadcast clients. The ViBE VS7000 handles 26 services, each formatted, compressed, and ready for multi-screen delivery, according to Thomson Video Networks. “With the introduction of the ViBE VS7000 multi-screen transcoding platform, Thomson […]

Telenor de-orbits Thor II after 15 years’ service

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting has successfully de-orbited its Thor II satellite to a so-called ‘graveyard’ orbit. In a six-day manoeuvre that was completed on January 10, Telenor Satellite moved the 15-year old satellite to an orbit 350km above its geosynchronous orbit, eliminating the risk of collision with operational spacecraft. Thor II was the first communications satellite […]

Telenor appoints chairman for Broadcast and Media divisions

Nordic telco Telenor has announced that executive vice-president and head of group strategy and regulatory affairs Morten Karlsen Sørby has been appointed chairman of both the Telenor Broadcast and the Telenor Media and Content Services (TMCS) units. Sørby is also the present chairman of Telenor Norway, having previously headed both the Telenor Group industrialisation efforts […]

Canal Digital subscriber losses continue slowdown

Telenor-owned Nordic pay TV operator Canal Digital recorded lower subscriber losses in the third quarter than during the corresponding period of 2011. The telco’s Broadcast division also reported a record high EBIDTA margin. Canal Digital lost 4,000 DTH customers in the three months ending September 2011, compared with a loss of 6,000 a year earlier. […]

Halsaa named as new ESOA chairman

Cato Halsaa, CEO of Telenor Satellite Broadcasting, has assumed the position of chairman of the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA), taking over from Eric Béranger, former CEO of Astrium Services and now CEO of Astrium Satellites. During its quarterly board meeting on October 19, ESOA board representatives formally elected Halsaa as chairman of the board […]

Russian regulator calls for time to settle Telenor dispute

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has called on the Moscow Arbitration Court to postpone a hearing on its lawsuit against Norwegian telco Telenor’s attempt to increase its stake in service provider VimpelCom. The regulator’s director Igor Artemyev wants the hearing to be postponed by a month pending attempts to settle the dispute amicably. The antimonopoly service […]